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african-americans in the post-president obama world five years after her husband's comments, which created some problems in that demographic for mrs. clinton. she now is trying to work to repair any remaining damage, if there is one. but there is another overlooked headline that deserves more attention than it got and it's how clinton aligns and distances herself from the administration to best position herself for 2016. there were two politico pieces that brought up this issue in the past week, particularly on the topic of iran. will, for instance, former secretary of state hillary clinton publicly react to the nuclear deal? and if so, how? a current decision is to stay silent and there's a lot of good reasons to stay silent. while she's cautiously optimistic about the deal, the implication is that she still has some lingering concerns and perhaps she wouldn't have been comfortable negotiating it the way john kerry was comfortable doing it. while she doesn't want to be out-israeled by anybody, she also doesn't want to look like she is undermining her successor at the state department. so
made his final appearance at the 2010 world cup. president obama will attend with the first lady as will former presidents george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter. then mandela will lie in state for three days at the capitol in pretoria before he is laid to rest after a state funeral in his home village of qunu next sunday. alexander marquardt, abc news, johannesburg. >>> the pentagon is under fire for bypassing dozens of manufacturers and buying helicopters from russia instead. choppers are sent to afghanistan security force. pentagon officials say the russian helicopters are superior. documents show the opposite. lawmakers first expressed outrage last april. >> with all of the tens of billions of dollars we put into afghanistan, this is a tough one to justify. >> we are trying to provide them as much capability as possible so they can, in fact, take responsibility for security. >> those a.p. documents show the american-made boeing chinook helicopter was the most cost effective choice over the long haul. >>> in jacksonville, florida, a small plane crashed killing all three
obama and other world leaders begin making their way to south africa as preparations gear up for the memorial of nelson mandela. >>> plus, more dead pilot whales in florida. the man who snoozed got trapped on a plane. and miley cyrus does the unthinkable to santa. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for monday, december 9th. >>> good morning. i'm richard lui. we start with weather for you. that massive winterer weather system moving east and the car pileup. nbc's leanne gregg has more on the deep freeze. >> reporter: snow and ice bearing down this morning in the northeast, part of a massive system affecting half the country. that same system sunday in wisconsin caused a deadly pileup in whiteout conditions and shut down interstate 94. >> to the best of my knowledge, there is probably in excess of seven semis and 30-plus vehicles. >> it was bad, like you could barely see on the road. >> reporter: ice made driving impossible in parts of kentucky. >> i can deal with snow all day long but when it comes to freezing rain i don't even want to touch it
a statement shortly from president obama as well. president clinton, so many world leaders will be, of course, responding and reacting. in fact, i expect to be hearing from the president, there you can see the white house briefing room, they are getting ready for a statement from the president of the united states. the seal is there, now the flags are being installed. momentarily the president will walk into the briefing room and pay his respects and these are live pictures once again we're showing from outside president nelson mandela's home outside of johannesburg. robyn kurnow is in johannesburg for us. she's covered this story for a long time. robyn, i understand that authorities in south africa, they worked out a very, very deliberate series of commemorative events over the next several days as world leaders will come to south africa. >> reporter: understandably, the focus for most people in the world is going to be here over the next ten days. we expect his funeral to take place on day ten so that is either saturday or sunday a week. we know that in the next three or four days, his body
and enduring loss. >> at the white house tonight, president obama said the world is not likely to see the likes of nelson mandela again. the moste lost one of influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> former president george w. bush released a statement saying president mandela was one of the great forces for freedom and equality in our time. he bore his burden with dignity and grace and our world is better off because of his example. this good man will be missed but his contributions will live on forever. many people taking to twitter to express condolences. russell simmons saying he's one of the greatest teacher the world has ever known. former president bill clinton simply tweeting, i will never friend, madiba. wife andvived by his three daughters. ken is back with us in writing the cover story on how far south africa had come in apartheid from a piece in 2010. thanks for coming back. president mandela was a big opponent of educational opportunity. it expanded during his
. they change their marquee to remember the man. he changed our world. >> president obama said he cannot imagine his own life without the example of nelson mandela. nelson mandela, dead at the age of 95. >> a final look at the weather forecast? 4:30,ly tomorrow morning, will have the latest updates on the weekend weather changes. it will be rainy in the morning, rain and falling temperatures, clearing, cold, breezy, low 40s into the upper 30s saturday afternoon, cloudy and cold sunday. looks like we'll have snow in some areas, changing into a mixture of sleet and freezing rain, enough to cause hazardous driving. we warm up on monday. or at 11:00. you won't take my life. you won't take our future. aids affects us all. even babies. chevron is working to stop mother-to-child transmission. our employees and their families are part of the fight. and we're winning. at chevron nigeria, we haven't had a reported case in 12 years. aids is strong. aids is strong. but we are stronger. and aids... ♪ aids is going to lose. aids is going to lose. ♪ >>> this is "world news." tonight nelson mandela, his str
-an-hour curve. >>> president obama observed world aids day today at the white house. he announced $100 million would go toward a new research initiative to combat hiv. >>> vice president joe biden is in japan as part of a week-long asia trip. he'll also travel to china for talks over disputed air space. back to "hardball." >>> i've got to tell you, if it was not already invented, i would say this congress invented the word "do nothing congress." >> but considering what republicans in congress want to do, it is a great blessing that congress has done next to nothing. >> we all know that president harry truman dubbed the 80th congress as the do nothing congress. yet the doing in congress in 1948 has nothing on this one. >> unfortunately, republicans talk work for everyone else, but when it comes to doing the work here in congress, well, they don't quite measure up to it. >> welcome back to "hardball." do nothing is about right when it comes to the track record of this congress. it's not yet the least productive year in history, but close to it. to give you some historical context. when newt ging
i don't want to touch it. >> meanwhile, snow games steal the show in the nfl. >>> president obama and other world leaders make their way to south africa. >>> plus, more dead pilot whales in florida. >>> the man who snoozed and got trapped on a plane. >>> and miley cyrus does the unthinkable to santa. very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with that massive weather system that's moving fast and wreaking havoc along the way. late sunday a 50-car pileup turned deadly. we have more on the deep freeze. >> reporter: snow and ice bearing down in the northeast. part of a massive system affecting half the country. that same system sunday in wisconsin caused a deadly pileup in whiteout conditions and shut down the interstate. >> to the best of my knowledge there is probably in excess of seven semis and 30 plus vehicles. >> it was bad. like you could barely see the road. >> reporter: ice made driving nearly impossible in parts of kentucky. >> i could deal with snow all day long but when it comes to freezing rain i can't touch it. >> reporter: cancellations and delays of
. president obama marked world aids day at the white house just a short while ago, announcing some new research initiatives and giving credit to those who have fought for progress against the disease. >> it's the result of countless people, including so many of you working together. >> one of the people in the room sitting in a plum seat in the front row was microsoft co-founder bill gates, the co-chairman and trustee of the bill and melinda gates foundation, which has committed billions to hiv research and grants. he and his wife were just listed number one on the forbes list of america's top giveres, nearly $2 billion in 2012 alone. bill gates was kind enough to leave the white house to join us now. i really appreciate it. we have better hors d'oeuvres anyway. thank you for being here. >> great to be here. >> i want to start with your friend bono who has worked with you on the aids issue. he had some comments which raised some eyebrows over the weekend. this is what he said about the fight against aids. let's listen. >> there's a chance of having the first aids-free generation by 201
who pose a danger to themselves and others. it will go into effect january 13th. >>> president obama will join world leaders in south africa next week to pay tribute to nelson mandela. there's been a tremendous outpouring of apexfollowing the accident accident affection for a man. >> reporter: the memory of nelson mandela is burning brightly. south africans are starting ten days of good-byes. americans are feeling the loss. >> from ohio and here at this time is overwhelming. >> reporter: at the embassy in washington hundreds are coming to pay their respects. >> i'm not sure obama would be president without mandela. >> everybody has united today. >> reporter: uniting his nation after apartheid was his mission. when he brought his white jailers to his presidential inauguration in 1994 colin powell was there. >> he said let's reach out and show love and reconciliation. he kind of reminds me in the experience of the united states he's our washington and our lincoln and martin luther king all rolled in one. >> hillary clinton was at the inauguration struck by how man
for a memorial service that will bring dozens of world leaders, including president obama, to south africa starting today. robin kurnow is outside mandela's home this morning. you've just spoken to one of his closest confidants. what did she say? >> we are hearing for the first time what is going on inside this house behind me. the home where nelson mandela died. we have been seeing a lot of people coming outside in the past few days laying flowers, paying their respects. we understand according to african tradition, nelson mandela's wife is sitting on a mattress in the living room in the lounge and receiving people throughout the day. she will be essentially sitting in that position welcoming visitors and there are a lot of visitors. political leaders, friends. people from across south africa that have some sort of importance and they are coming to pay their respects to the widow. we are also hearing from mandela's closest assistant who has worked for him for nearly 20 years, and she gives us some sense what have it's like inside. >> sadness in the house but celebration i almost want to s
to ireland to denmark, his death is front page news across the world. president obama met mandela just once but says he will forever strive to walk in his footprint. >> i am one of the countless millions who drew
for crowd control. >>> and first president obama and other world leaders take off for south africa to honor nelson mandela. >>> this is a fox news alert, government sources confirm justice department prosecutors filed charges against a russian spy ring. it involves a group of current and former russian diplomats who ran a nine year scheme that stole $1.5 million from medicaid. they were also apparently engaged in espionage and being investigated for other reasons than just the medicaid fraud. about 50 people were charged. of those, 11 are still in the u.s. and have immunity so they can't be arrested. but the state department can send them home. topping world headlines now, dozens of world leaders, past and present, are joining with tens of thousands of others making their way to south africa to pay their final respects to the late nelson mandela. greg tal cot is in johannesberg with more. >> the world is coming to south africa to honor nelson mandela. they are testimony to the reach of a man and his message. president obama, first lady michelle and the bushes and clintons are wheels up. als
and be guided by the prepared to die for >> nelson mandela's family share their grief as the world mourns. president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service next week. >> hello, welcome no al jazeera america, i'm morgan radford live from new york city. reinforcements on the town in trying to end the violence. nearly 400 people have been killed in the fighting in the past three days. france is dispatching more than 1,000 troops and the african union plans to double its forces. 10,000 have fled the capital. officials ordered everyone off the streets of bangui. for the latest on the crisis we start in bangui. a warning - you may find some of these images disturbing. >> french soldiers on food patrol in bangui. this is new to the city and welcomeded by men. they are here to reassure people enough to open up shops. at the moment there's no food or medicine. there's little the french can do about the growing sectarian violence between muslims and christians. >> translation: we muslims have been here for 200 years. they are killing us every day.
again, president obama will make a statement on world aids day at 1:20 today. we will have live coverage. right now, a discussion on enrollment in state health care changes. host: for a closer look at the future of the affordable care act, we turn now to emily ethridge. let's start with yesterday press briefing on fixing the federal insurance exchange website. what was your take away from the briefing? guest: the department of health and human services says, pretty much, they give themselves a passing grade. they think they hit their deadline for making the website work for most people by november 30, this past weekend. they say they did a whole management overhaul and the site is up and running more than 90 cent of the time, up from about three percent of the time in october. it is a huge dump for them. they say the response time is less than a second. the error rate has gone down. if you like they have addressed a lot of the big issues with the website in terms of the consumer experience. host: we read this editorial from the wall street journal today. obamacare mission accomplished. i
the world. >> president obama, first lady michelle obama, the clintons, oprah will all join world leaders for mandela's state funeral next sunday. this sunday will be a national day of prayer and reflection in south africa. tuesday will be the official public memorial. here in the u.s. the president did order flags to fly at half staff until sunday in honor of the former south african president. >>> the most visual outpouring of grief and celebration of his life is taking place outside mandela's home in a suburb of johannesburg. alphonso van marsh is there. >> reporter: people streamed down the streets toward nelson mandela's johannesburg home singing songs of praise, prayer and freedom. they gathered to pay tribute to the former south african president who died at 95 surrounded by family not far from here. this man says he's not mourning. >> i get to celebrate his life. we cry among our joy and laugh and remember the good. >> reporter: some gave speeches. while others led group prayers remembering the man who ushered in democracy for all of south africa's people. >> deep in our heart a
, but when does president barack obama go, when do other world leaders go? it's been described to us previously there will be a long mourning period and state funeral that extends over a long period where world leaders can come in and pay respects over time. this is something we're going to be seeing and hearing about his legacy several days to come. >> ed henry at the white house. the president is just a couple of minutes away if they're on schedule. the president will speak from the white house. scheduled to be from that briefing podium in 90 seconds. we normally get a two minute warning. they may be a couple of minutes behind. interesting a number of quotes from mandela. the list goes on and on. they're all inspirational. one in front of me. resentment is like drinking poisen and hoping it will kill your enemies. a very short, to the point, series of words that are good for all of us to live by. resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemies. if anyone on earth ever had room for resentment it was nelson mandela. think of the life he led 26-27 years only to
, most remarkably, not that far away. we're going to wake the world up. and watch, with eyes wide, as it gets to work. cisco. tomorrow starts here. ♪ lou: obama administration officials report more progress with they now say that the site fails just about 10 percent of the time. back in october that failure rate was 25%. government officials also say over three and a half million consumers visited the site from midnight sunday antonin today, but the obama administration still will not tell us what the november enrollment numbers are or how many people actually have insurance. insurers are still complaining that the healthcare applications that they do receive are riddled with errors. and the house energy and commerce committee releasing new e-mails showing that administration officials knew that they need to delay the health care exchange for small businesses as early as august, but it was not until six weeks later on september 26 that the administration actually announced that it was delaying the on-line portal for small business. energy and commerce committee c
of freedom nelson mandela has died at the age of 95. tributes are coming in from around the world. here is president obama. sacrificing his own freedom for the freedom of others. he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from a prisoner to a embodied the promise that human beings and countries cachange forhe better. the commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him is an example that all humanity should aspire to. he joined the african national congress and worked to oppose apartheid. inwould be sentenced to life prison and remained behind bars for 27ears for being released. want a free man, he was able to negotiate an end to apartheid rule and become the first elected black president of south africa and a global icon for reconciliation. nelson mandela is the subject of the latest film that hit theaters this weekend. i am joined with more. >> harvey weinstein has put out a statement on its passing. one of the privileges of making movies is immortalizing those that have had a profound impact on humanity. i was fortunate to have been immersed in h
? remember obama care, demonstrated weakness around the world? >> again, this is your whole strategy. >> it's not a strategy. >> but what is your strategy? you have no strategy for getting jobs for the country, no strategy for immigration. am i wrong? >> the next time i do this showing i'm bringing a couple hundred bills to show you. >> on the still his, the economic is in fact growing, jobs are being added. this republican party is a lot different than the one you ran, speaker gingrich. republicans back then were actually bringing why is to the table. >> let's do everything we can do derail them. >> my friend here, you guys tortured him, tried to demonize him every day, every second, so don't fall for that. >> i was in high school. >> not you. >> presidents can recover. usually if they get in deep trouble, they recovered by getting a new team. your former boss, mr. gibbs, who just had a great weekend in the auburn victory. he said something very clear today about what ought to be happening. i think we should -- >> i do think it will be inexplicable if somebody involved in the creation of t
. whoo! >> up on stage first lady michelle obama, too. aretha franklin performed. ♪ joy to the world the lord has come >> mrs. obama and the muppets. >> you ready? >> yes. >> are you all ready? >> reading the night before christmas. and mariah carey there, too. ♪ all i want for christmas is you ♪ >> a tradition, the first national christmas tree lit by calvin coolidge in 1923. the first president to flip the switch, black and white there, but trust us, 2500 red, white and green bulbs. this tree lit in 1940 by fdr. the washington monument right there behind it. and it was 50 years ago after the death of president kennedy, the lighting ceremony postponed until late december. president lbj saying today we come to the end of a season of great national sorrow and beginning of the season of great eternal joy. and like so many americans in 2007, the first christmas tree in led lights to make it more energy efficient. and this year, the most energy coming from those little dancers, one of them president obama tried to keep up with. giant smile the moment he gives up. leaving the troe
and be buried sunday. more than 60 world leaders plan to attend. president obama and the first lady left less than an hour ago. former president bush and his wife laura joined them after flying in from dallas overnight to avoid bad weather. hillary clinton is also on board air force 1. bill clinton is flying for rio where he was attending a clinton global initiative. the carters are flying in separately via a delegation that is with the elders in london. prince charles and david cameron will thereby as well as former prime ministers, tony blair, gordon brown and john major. leaders from chine a cuba, japan and mexico plan to be there too. security is a real concern and police are already running drills and shutting down streets. we haven't seen this kind of attendance since at least 1999 when dignitaries from 55 countries attended king hussein's funeral. leaders from more than 110 countries attended winston churchill's in 1965. turning now to the wicked winter weather for much of the country, air force one had to take off in a chilly drizzle and foggy conditions. freezing rain has turned mond
and ban ki-moon will be among world leaders speaking at a mass memorial service for nelson mandela. obama, the first lady, and george w. bush and his wife la ura will arrive around 1:00 a.m. on tuesday -- mr. obama and others. bill clinton and timmy carter will join them in johannesburg. the service is tomorrow at a soccer stadium. that was where nelson mandela made his last appearance during the 2010 world cup. right police were out in full force in ukraine on monday after the weekend to saw some of the biggest marches in the country since 2004. police also raided the headquarters of an opposition party and tore down. kate put up by antigovernment -- tore down barricades put up by antigovernment protesters. in bangkok, some are calling for the prime minister to stand down. prime minister xinhua truck called for new elections in an effort to diffuse the public anger against her -- prime minister shinawatra called for new elections. with the commodities report, su keenan joins us with details. >> two of the biggest movers in commodities, orange juice and natural gas, have everything to do
and justice can prevail. >> reporter: the white house announced president obama will go to south africa joining world leaders and south africans for the funeral of nelson mandela. there's a major memorial at the national cathedral here at washington on wednesday for this foreign leader held in high esteem by so many americans. >> thank you. >>> late this afternoon the san francisco mayor invited the entire bay area to pay its respects to mandela as well. the mayor has been asked to chair that event. flags on all city grounds will be flown at half staff until sunset on december 18th. there was skirmishes with police. mandela visited the oakland coliseum back in 199 -- >> when he was released and came to oakland for the coliseum, it was so thrilling that we had a rule not only in his release, but in the change to freedom and democracy in south africa. >> during his visit, he called on those to vote, to divest from south africa apartheid. >>> they held a moment of silence before this morning's opening bell. mandela visited the stock exchange back in 2002. go to nbc bay area news and click
. >>> world leaders, athletes and artists are reflecting on the life of nelson mandela today. as we learn about services being planned in south africa. >> president obama and the first lady say they will travel there for the funeral. >> people of all ages, colors and creeds gathered outside his home in johannesburg. plans for the burial are about to take place. there will be a memorial tuesday. his burial sunday in his hometown. shomari stone is live from the embassy in southwest washington where the flow of visitors has been steady. >> reporter: indeed, the flow has been steady over the last 24 hours. a very sad day here, gloomy like the weather. let me move out the way. you can see the memorial here. this fence was in front of the statue yesterday, but now they moved the fence around the statue so people can drop off, you know, flowers and other things to pay tribute to nelson mandela. let's roll video. hundreds of people have stopped by dropping off candles, notes and photos to honor the former south african president and anti-apartheid leader. he spent 27 years in jail in his fight ag
to see some of the video, the places, i mean, running shoes, president obama that advertises the world's largest prison rodeo. i mean, what in the world has become of our prison system? >> it is an instrument for justice. it may not be -- i think they're inappropriate. have them and have people who committed relatively trivial crimes engaged with them,ut the ft these -- we don't make the discrimination. and that convicted murderers who are well behaved inside and get transferred to the parts of the prison that you can see and mock the very idea of justice. lou: and a good time for a rapist, murdered, this is -- how does all of this began? there was, you know, sheriff joe are pile and arizona, he had, you know, being a jumpsuits are has been jumpsuits for prisoners. he does not give them any meal beyond a bologna sandwich for lunch, and he is considered to be a very harsh and hard character for so doing. how do we get to the point that it has become an entertainment land for many? >> well, just to stop such a prison door. that is the irony. that is where it is supposed to start. that is
are remembering nelson mandela, a man who changed this world. president obama saying just hours ago he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. at 95, his death not a surprise, but the lessons of his life still reverbrating around the globe, that long walk to freedom, brimming with humility, resilient, a determination to forgive. and there has been a huge outpouring of emotion, reaction from around the world tonight, our team there starting with abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran who joins us right now from london. terry? >> reporter: it is a profound moment for south africa and really for the world, the marking of the passing of this remarkable man and of the end of an era in human grace and dignity. in south africa itself, in the neighborhood which was a segregated township where nelson mandela lived before he went to prison for 27 years and where he went home to. there is a combination of mourning, of sorrow and celebration and gratitude, people gathering outside of his home and dancing, celebrating the life of nelson mandela. reaction pouring in from around the world for h
obama and the first lady are in route to south africa where nearly 90 world leaders are expected to attend tomorrow's memorial service for nelson mandela. also on air force one, former president george w. bush, his wife laura and former secretary of state hillary clinton. former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter are traveling separately. the only living president not able to attend george h.w. bush, at 89 can no longer travel such a long distance. it will be held in soweto where nelson mandela made his final public appearance in 2010. ron, you have half of the world's leaders gathering, that stadium seats 95,000. it is an open air and presented significant challenges security wise. >> reporter: yes, there's perhaps not been an event like this ever, dare i say, the most comparable is the funeral of pope john paul ii in 2005 where there was 3 million people and 75 or 80 world leaders who attended. this is going to be an amazing day tomorrow. there's a lot of anticipation already. behind me you can hear people in the streets here still singing and dancing and sell bragt the l
. it was just before midnight that south african president jacob zuma announced to the nation and to the world, that nelson mandela had died. >> this is the moment of our deepest sorrow. our nation has lost its greatest son. >> reporter: tributes quickly poured in from around the world, including from president barack obama. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> reporter: that love, shown in the massive crowds that quickly gathered outside mandela's home and around the country. singing and dancing, joyfully celebrating the life of a man who gave so many hope and freedom. >> it's tragic. it's sad. i think we should celebrate what he has achieved and what he's given us. i wouldn't be here. i wouldn't be free, as i say, if it wasn't for him. >> reporter: south africa's first black president was surrounded by much of his family when he passed away. now, ten days of national mourning will start, during which mandela will lie in state in the capital, pretoria, so south africans can say their final
's problems could impact president obama's second term agenda. anniversarythe 25th of world aids day. dozens of people gathered this evening for a candlelight vigil on f street northwest. they honor the memories of those who have died from aids and showed solidarity with people who are living with the virus. but ithink globally really want you to act globally. i mean that. get tested, know your status. practice safe sex. by ae event was sponsored clinic that was established in 1958 and has been at the forefront in providing education, counseling, care to people with aids and hiv. overseas, pope francis marked world aids day. he addressed thousands of people who gathered at st. peter's square. the pope called on catholics around the world to pray for those suffering from aids and hiv. he also asked people to pray for the doctors and researchers working to find treatments and a cure for that disease. funeral services were held in south carolina today for a postal worker who was shot and killed in prince george's county. family members and friends gathered in rock hill to say goodbye to tyson b
. thank you. jon: president obama marked world aids day yesterday with a pledge, a full $5 billion to the global fund to fight aids all for research on the disease. that money, however, will only be donated if the international community can come up with another $10 billion as well. the president also announced that the national institutes of health will invest $100 million the next three years to launch an h.i.v. cure initiative. disturbing new information on the deadly train crash in new york city. driver was going nearly three times the speed limit when he headed into a very sharp curve and that's not all. plus a new warning about those popular energy drinks. what researchers just discovered they can do to your heart. hey kevin...still eating chalk for heartburn? yeah... try new alka seltzer fruit chews. they work fast on heartburn and taste awesome. these are good. told ya! i'm feeling better already. [ male announcer ] new alka seltzer fruits chews. enjoy the relief! and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go find it. it's out there so
. >>> the obamas joining more than 50 world leaders paying tribute to nelson mandela tomorrow. president george w. bush and his wife will join them, president clinton and jimmy carter attending also. a big test for south africa's government as it plans the memorial expecting 94,000 people at fnb stadium where they had the world cup in 2010 and another 100,000 plus expected outside at overflow areas around the city. many details were worked out well in advance. politico is reporting the last-minute services are pretty daunting. concerns from the motorcade route to his safety once inside. meanwhile, sunday marked an official day of prayer across south africa. but in churches the scene was as much celebratory as mournful. other parts of the world, ukraine's president facing major unrest and a 48-hour deadline threat to disband his government. anti-government protesters yesterday toppled the stature of lenin. he's, of course, the founder of the soviet union, demonstrators took turns attacking the statue with hammers sort of reminiscent of the berlin wall falling in the early '90s and smashed it to pi
, you know, it's this theoretical world that president obama seems to live in and i'm becoming more and more concerned about that and you say? >> it's also a rhetorical world, theory and rhetoric. it's like king knute being urged by his worshipful acolytes to tell the tides to go backwards and at least knute had the self-consciousness to tell them that can't be done. obama thinks that he is repeal reality with rhetoric. i mean, after all, the one thing he can really do well is campaign that's undeniable. he is one of the great campaigners in american history. he twice one the presidency. his trouble is he has trouble governing. here he is faced with a management problem a government problem. he passed a bill regulations are so complex and contradictory, he has got a web site that's not functioning correctly and he thinks that if he makes the right speeches. >> he really believes that let me just jump in here. he really believes it, right? he is not going up there selling a product that he knows is defective. i think he talks himself into believing it, does he not? >> bill, i will le
, with president obama and other world leaders attending. and u.s. unemployment dropped to 7% in november-- the lowest since 2008-- as employers added 203,000 jobs. on the "newshour" online right now-- a challenge for students. what were the world events that most affected you in 2013? using the story-telling tool meograph, students have the opportunity to create a zeitgeist project and win prizes from our partner, google. instructions on how to enter are on our home page. and monday on the show, we'll have a conversation with rock legend carlos santana, but you can check out a sneak preview online, where he tells us an endearing story about the time he spent with nelson mandela. that's on art beat. all that and more is on our website and a reminder about some upcoming programs from our pbs colleagues. gwen ifill is preparing for "washington week," which airs later this evening. here's a preview: >> good economic news in washington, shaky news around the country. which is real? and our panelists remember nelson mandela then and now. that's tonight on "washington week", j
. >>> meanwhile, snow games steal the show in the nfl. president obama and other world leaders begin making their way to south africa as preparations gear up for the memorial of nelson mandela. >>> plus, more dead pilot whales in florida. the man who snoozed got trapped on a plane. and miley cyrus does the unthinkable to santa. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for monday, december 9th.
in from political leaders all over the world. president obama speaking earlier from the white house. w. bush esident george saying today that president mandela was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our team. he bore his burdens with dignity and grace, and our world is better off because of his example. he will be missed, but his contributions will live on forever. joining us now on the telephone from are washington, former u.s. ambassador to south africa, don gibbs. he was ambassador to south africa from 2009 until earlier this year. ambassador gibbs, thanks very much for spending time with us. what can you describe as the relationship between nelson andela and the united states diplomatically? >> diplomatically and personally i think he has been an inspiration to all of us. i think he brought out the best in everyone who came into contact with him. i had the immense honor to be able to get to know him a little bit toward the end of his incredibly inspiring life. you can't help but be moved when you are in his presence. i think we should all take away from his incredi
states of the world. then there will be barack obama and the entire western world will be there to pay homage. >> if i can just -- >> go ahead. >> it was also about him, a sweetness, a gentleness he changed the room. there were some figures, when nelson mandela walked into the room, he changed the room. can we agree? there was a gentle quality about him. >> absolutely. what strikes me, tell me, when you watch him on tv giving a speech, he was ram rod straight. he had this very staccato fierce way of talking. when you talk to him privately, a very soft, gentle man. >> he was. gentle is a great word to describe him. when you think of all he put up with, you think, i can't believe the kind of life he led and was given that long life to live to 95. what a blessing that was. >> thank you. >>> we continue to remember nelson mandela. stay with us. there are seniors who have left hundreds of dollars of savings on the table by not choosing the right medicare d plan. no one could have left this much money here. whoo-hoo-hoo! yet many seniors who compare medicare d plans realize they can save hun
. >> reporter: tributes quickly poured in from around the world, including from president barack obama. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> reporter: that love, shown in the massive crowds that quickly gathered outside mandela's home and around the country. singing and dancing, joyfully celebrating the life of a man who gave so many hope and freedom. >> i think we should celebrate what he has achieved and what he's given us. i wouldn't be here. i wouldn't be free, as i say, if it wasn't for him. >> reporter: south africa's first black president was surrounded by much of his family when he passed away. now, ten days of national mourning will start, during which mandela will lie in state in the capital, pretoria, so south africans can say their final good-byes, before he's taken back to his ancestral village for burial. >>> here at home, the u.s. paying its highest respects. >> president obama has given the order to fly u.s. flags at half-staff, saying n ining mand longer belongs to us. >>>
. but as i mentioned, face time between world leaders is always beneficial if you can do it the right way. but we view cuba as our enemy, this is not the time for president obama to be embracing him. nelson mandela was great friends with bill clinton and barack obama and he was friends with gaddafi and castro. he's like the man of the year, nelson mandela, the time of all this global strife he still has a role as healing agent, bringing different people together on stage. >> and that's in fact something that mandela's former personal assistant said, tomorrow people should all be honoring their relationship with madiba, if it means shaking hands with the enemy, yes, i would like to see that. that is what nelson mandela was and is bringing people together despite their differences. i guess that's the point is what could be more of a tribute to nelson mandela than people who'd normally would not talk, talking, and i'm not saying they have to be embracing or back slapping or even smiling, but talking. that would, i, might argue, be the greatest trigg tribute to nelson mandela that could you h
the u.s. into world war two. >>> president obama is having a hard time explaining a meeting with controversial relative. for some time the white house has said the president never met with a kenyan uncle who was in the united states illegally. but now it has a new version of what happened. here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: fredericka, which is at an uncle of the president who has gone through some legal problems with immigration and other things. and it's about an impression the white house has given that it's keeping this uncle at arm's length. but white house aides now say they weren't doing that. he's a 69-year-old man who works at a liquor store near boston and is now kuth up in the president's political migraine. the man's name called omar, the president's uncle. the boston globe previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. but the white house press secretary now says this -- >> the president said that he, in fact, had met omar obama when he moved to cambridge for law school and he stayed with him for a brief period of time u
's home. a memorial will be held on tuesday with leaders from around the world, including president obama and former presidents, george w. bush, jimmy carter and bill clinton. >> a map who defended his imprisonment is speaking out about his leg as yip. when manned -- legacy. when nelson mandela was freed he insisted that he serve in the government. we talk about this unique relationsh relationship. >> this man helped to keep nelson mandela in gaol. and then he served under him. it was his task to defend the imprisonment of nelson mandela privately he long lobbied for nelson mandela's release. >> in june 1982 i submitted a memorandum prepared by my department, to the effect that nelson mandela ought to be released. we are making a martyr of him every day he stays in prison. that his international acclaim and status would grow to an extent where we would not be able to handle it. unfortunately at the time it was shot down. >> eight years later nelson mandela became a free man. here you had a man that spent 27 years in prison, and the day the - he displayed the energy to the person who has b
it has been in the past. when barack obama came into office, we know that around the world u.s. relations improved. about 56% say this was the case in 2009 and in 2012. today it is back to 70%. likely --s are more in the credits have not changed it is not just partisanship driving. but there was a partisanship story there. host: what do we gather from all of that the echo -- from all of it? though americans have seen that the u.s. has lost power in the world, that does not mean we cannot do more. one of the focuses is on problems at home. be ok with letting other countries help solve world problems and to not have it all be on the shoulders of the united states. she is a senior researcher at the pew research center, joining us live on the sunday morning. the poll is available online at pew thank you very much for being with us. are you more positive or more skeptical about our role in the world? is it in fact declining? do you agree or disagree with the findings? give us a phone call. we welcome our viewers and listeners outside the united states. a quick look at some other
at a stadium that seats 95,000 people. the white house says president obama will attend. >> thank you. hearts are heavy around the world and here in the bay area where the antiapartheid movement took center stage decades ago. mandela visited the bay area in june of 1990 including a speech in front of 58,000 people looking to see him at oakland coliseum. he just was released from prison four months before that. a state senator was on stage at the time mayor of berkeley one of the only cities in the world that sanctioned south africa. >> that was a moment of joy for the entire community and the coliseum was full, every seats standing room only. we were celebrating this extraordinary human spirit. >> in 1985, 10,000 students at uc berkeley rallyied against apartheid and boycotted chooses. the following year, cam became the largest government in the united states to withdraw all investments related to south africa. >> people are sharing their memories of nelson mandela on our facebook page. you, too, can leave your thoughts. >> san jose state is taking the first step to addressing what the prosec
poverty. in 1990 the government under heavy pressure at home and from around the world released nelson mandela and dismantled apartheid. president obama will travel to south africa to pay his respects to mandela ordered the flags flown at half staff. >> this morning, prince william is remembering mandela as an extraordinary and inspiring man, the duke and duchess were guests at london premiere of "mandela, a long walk to freedom," when they received wore the leader had died. rinse william expressed his sympathies as he live theater with kate and a moment silence was held after the final credits. >> musician richie was the first to tweet about the leader. when mandela made the tour of the united states in 1990 richie actually served we as his fashion stylist and was if charge of updating the look after three decades in prison. in the bay area, many petroleum -- petroleum who had the honor of seeing him in person are remembering the leader. he inspired tens of thousands during an appearance at the oakland coliseum 23 years ago. it was singing and celebration and he was here in june of 19
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